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It came just over 24 hours after a Free Press/Probe poll showed Manitoba voters arent that taken with McFadyen and will likely return Doer to the premiers office on Tuesday. And McFadyens rant had political pundits believing he and his party might be buckling under the pressure.
You can tell theyre really frustrated and angry, said University of Manitoba politics professor Kim Speers.
Doers popularity has been an issue for the Tories from the outset of the campaign and much of the NDPs campaign strategy is built around the leader.
Some Tory and Liberal candidates have said they know they have NDP opponents in their ridings, but in reality, theyre all running against Doer.
As such, McFadyens pointed attack on Doer included an accusation he will cut and run from the premiers office as soon as he can. Voters, said McFadyen, should be aware that if they vote for Doer, they wont have him for premier for an entire term.
It will be IOUs to pay off the unions and then hell bail, McFadyen said.
Before McFadyens attack, Doer addressed the question of his future plans twice this week once on radio and once to the Free Press editorial board. He said both times he will serve out his entire mandate as premier.
In the past, Doer has been highly critical of MLAs, including former Tory Leader Stuart Murray, and his own former intergovernmental affairs minister MaryAnn Mihychuk, who dont serve out their full term.
McFadyen also attacked Doer Friday for making desperate and pathetic promises, like expanding the Southdale community centre, and said he is Howard Pawley in slow motion.
He said Pawley, the last NDP premier in Manitoba, put Manitoba into the brink of financial ruin in two terms and Doer will do it in three.
He also said one of the only reasons Doer wants to be re-elected is to avoid an inquiry into the Crocus Investment Fund, because at the end of that Crocus inquiry there are a number of people who are going to have to retain lawyers.
Doer did some name-calling of his own Friday, referring to McFadyen as Mr. Reckless and Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard as Dr. Fantasy.
But in contrast to McFadyens pursed lips and angry tone, Doer was relaxed and jovial. He chose not to respond to McFadyens outburst.
McFadyen said he doesnt stoop to name-calling and tried to suggest his party has run a positive campaign.
He brushed off the fact his party has been running negative attack ads against Doer since last fall, and that he called Doer a chicken and a liar several times just this week.
I jokingly made such a reference, said McFadyen. It was light-hearted. I dont believe in name-calling.
Speers said the poll results this week probably sucked the wind out of the Conservative camp and left McFadyen a little more emotional than he has been to this point.
He was probably wearing his heart on his sleeve, said Speers.